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Track: e-Assessment Transformation [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 24


IMS Assessment Activities: The State of the Union
At Learning Impact 2015, IMS announced the formation of a board level organization called the Executive Board on Assessment (EBA) consisting of end user organizations (school districts, states, and consortia) and vendors/suppliers. In this panel session, you will hear a report from the EBA chair and vice-chair detailing the progress and current work of the EBA and learn about the technical work taking place in the workgroups. This is your opportunity to learn about the new aQTI work activities, improvements to conformance and interoperability, and provide feedback about current issues important to your organization.

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Mark McKell

Product Manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium
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Mark Molenaar

Chief Technology Officer, Open Assessment Technologies
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Marc Oswald

Co-Founder and CEO, Open Assessment Technologies

Tuesday May 24, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Room 11


Facet: Using Innovative Items and QTI for Nationwide Educational Tests

The Dutch ministry of Education is delivering a large number of high stake summative exams and innovative diagnostic tests as CBT. In the year 2018, we expect over two million CBT deliveries per year on 8000 schools.

The nature of each type of exam or test is different. Some of them contain only basic MC items, others include innovative items like autoscored paragraph separation, text correction and formulas. In the near future we expect speech recording and autoscored graphical elements.

To meet all requirements, we developed a new innovative open source testing system, called Facet. Facet is designed to work with the QTI standard. In order to handle all the innovative item types, specific layouts and metadata, we created a QTI profile and a set of extensions together with Cito, called the Dutch Exam Profile (DEP).

In this session we will discuss the decisions we’ve made over the years to where we stand today. We will demonstrate innovative item types, go in depth on DEP and share with you our experiences on designing via architecture, developing, hosting, implementing and supporting the Facet system.  Finally, we will discuss how this lead to our growing involvement in IMS and the EBA.

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Arjan Aarnink

Enterprise Architect, Cito
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Nynke De Boer

College voor Toetsen en Examens

Tuesday May 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11


Opportunities and Challenges of Next Generation Online Assessments
What is Next Generation assessment and how is online, APIP-supported, computer-based testing impacting schools, districts, state departments of education, and testing vendors? More importantly, how is Next Generation assessment impacting student learning and educational technology used in schools?

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James Dale Cornelius

Program Manager Online Assessment, Maryland Department of Education
Dale Cornelius is the chair of IMS Global’s State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network.  Previously, as chair of the PARCC Assessment Technology Group, he helped develop the first large-scale assessment designed to be delivered 100% online and accessible to all students... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 11


e-Assessment Standards in the Netherlands
The Ministry of Education in the Netherlands has a strong ambition to promote the use of open interoperability standards to enable e-Assessments. Edustandaard is the organization that maintains these standards. In this joint session we provide an update of the standardization landscape in the Netherlands, show you the specific work we're doing, and share our successes and issues that could be addressed by the community. 

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Henk Nijstad

Domain manager Educational Standards, Kennisnet
Education standards & reference architecture for chain processes in The Netherlands, to enable all kind of information exchanges (administrative, distribution & logistics, learning routes / personalised learning) in educational information flow. Responsible for Bureau Edustandaard... Read More →
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Bart Ratgers

Enterprise Architect, CvTE - Ministry of Education in the Netherlands

Tuesday May 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Room 11


Transitioning to Digital Assessments: Opportunities and Challenges from the Largest US PK-12 School District
The New York City Department of Education offers a variety of formative and summative assessments in differing stages of transition to a digital format.  Come join us as we discuss opportunities and challenges and how the IMS eAssessment standards/community play a critical role in this transition.

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G. Anthony Benners

Senior Director, NYC Department of Education
Dr. George Anthony Benners is Senior Director of Assessment Design and Evaluation at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), where he leads a team of educators and assessment professionals advising on quality of content, psychometrics, and technology supporting new and... Read More →

Guillermo Tejeda

Director of Assessment Technology, New York City Department of Education

Tuesday May 24, 2016 2:35pm - 3:05pm
Room 11


Interoperability Challenges with Legacy Technology Enhanced Items
Minnesota has significant numbers of TEIs developed over a 12 year period. The most recently developed items have been created using QTI and APIP standards. Legacy items were developed in Flash and a vendor's proprietary system, and there are challenges converting these items to HTML so that they render and score in a manner that does not require they be field tested again or even rejected from the item bank. In some cases, workarounds are found, but questions then arise about the fidelity to standards and interoperability. This presentation will provide examples of some of these challenges and elicit input from participants on ways to ensure the interoperability of TEIs.


Cheryl Alcaya

Assessment Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education

Tuesday May 24, 2016 3:20pm - 3:50pm
Room 11
Wednesday, May 25


Using Virtual Assessments to Personalize Learning
How do you integrate online assessments as an effective formative learning tool? Join us as we explore ways to embed a variety of virtual assessments throughout a lesson to personalize the learning for each student.

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Janine Calhoun

Vice Principal, Nevada Virtual Academy
Janine Calhoun grew up in New York and received a B.A. from Hofstra University. She started her career in education as a school counselor in 2002 after earning a master's degree in school counseling from Hofstra University. After pursuing a master's degree in elementary education... Read More →
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Teresa Gregory

Vice Principal, Nevada Virtual Academy
Teresa Gregory currently serves as the Middle School Vice Principal at Nevada Virtual Academy. NVVA is a Title 1 public charter school serving nearly 2500 students state-wide. Before becoming an administrator, Teresa spent three years in the online classroom developing ways to engage... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 11


Working on "The Work": Removing Barriers in K-12 eAssessment
Navigating the waters of assessment in the current environment can be challenging. As a large, county-wide district with over 177,000 students, we work to provide tools and resources to our schools that allow for timely, accurate measurement of student learning to drive instructional decisions and measure overall student mastery. As K12 district leaders, it is our job to provide tools that allow teachers and school leaders to focus on the work of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning. We'll share some of our challenges and successes of using eAssessment tools and implementing the IMS Global standards.

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Tricia Kennedy

Executive Director of eClass Transformation, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Tricia Kennedy is executive director for eCLASS Transformation for Gwinnett County Public Schools. In this role she facilitates the cross divisional development and implementation of eCLASS, a digital content, learning assessment and support system. The objective of the eCLASS initiative... Read More →
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Miranda McLaren

Director (district-level), Gwinnett County

Wednesday May 25, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
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How eAssessment Standards Enable Rich, Personalized Learning Experiences
In this session, we describe how Pearson has taken content and technology investments - using QTI as the content model - from our State and National assessments group, and applied these investments to digital curricula platforms such as Realize (tm) to enable embedded formative assessments and affect learner outcomes at large scale. We will also demonstrate the use of analytics and machine learning to improve instructional feedback and gain insights into student understanding.

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Paul Grudnitski

Vice President Architecture, Pearson
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Marc Nelson

VP Platform Product Management and Marketing, Pearson Learning Services
Marc Nelson is Vice President of Platform Product Management and Marketing for Pearson Learning Services. Pearson’s learning platforms serve millions of teachers and students each day. Pearson is committed to delivering rich digital learning experiences to a wide range of networks... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 11